KENNER, La. — Briston Guidry was a 2013 Louisiana All-State selection following his sophomore season at Archbishop Rummel High, which happened to also win its second straight state championship that year.
That worried Rummel coaches a bit.
“He had set the bar very high that first year,” said Rummel defensive line coach Joey Boh. “I asked him, ‘How are you going to maintain it?’
“Fortunately, he did.”
Guidry repeated the individual feat the next two years — becoming Rummel’s first three-time All-Stater — and is now headed to Arkansas, where he could compete for immediate playing time on the Razorbacks’ defensive line.
His natural gifts, though, have Rummel coaches warning him against complacency again.
“He’s gotta realize now he’s going from high school to college,” said Rummel head coach Jay Roth. “It’s a whole different ball game. Everybody’s like him or better. In high school, you can get away with beating people with size, strength, whatever. Everybody’s like him now.
“But he is special. He’s athletic.”
For his part, Guidry said he never rested on his sophomore-year laurels simply because he cares too much about the game. And he vows that, for the same reason, he’ll work hard after he reports to Arkansas on May 28 for summer workouts.
“I just love the game too much to ever take off,” Guidry said during an interview with SEC Country in his Kenner, La., home.
“Once I got All-State as a sophomore, I knew that the record at our school was two-time All-State. That motivated me throughout my whole high school career to be the first guy to do get it three times.”
A four-star prospect, Guidry initially committed to Mississippi State during the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, but switched to Arkansas in April 2015. Despite taking official visits to Miami and Arizona State in the month before signing day, he remained committed and signed with the Hogs in February.
Guidry also held scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma.
“I’m ready,” Guidry said of his May 28 report date. “I’ve been anxious.
“It’s been a long month.”